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Madagascar: Grasshoppers still dangerously threaten the food security of the Big Island




Madagascar: Grasshoppers still dangerously threaten the food security of the Big Island
Then the locust menace poses a major threat to food security in Madagascar, and that the swarms of locusts may devastate by September corn plantations, rice and other cereal crops on two-thirds of the territory, the United Nations and Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for the mobilization of new funds to prevent the spread of locusts.
Madagascar had never been struck by a phenomenon of such magnitude in recent decades.
 
"Madagascar is facing a massive and uncontrolled invasion of locusts that could seriously jeopardize food security. A campaign requires extensive emergency mobilization of a minimum of 17 million euro ... But to date, funds in response to calls from the United Nations and Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) are clearly insufficient", said in a statement from the United Nations and Food agriculture, released in mid-week.

17 million euro must thus be made available to stop the proliferation of swarms in the Big Island, as the Malagasy authorities in political crisis do not have sufficient financial resources to cope with the locust threat.
 
60% of Madagascar's population (22 million people) could be hit hard by the severe food security crisis looming on the horizon, as shown in the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.



Antso Rajaona


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